Last week I was searching for blouse patterns and came upon this wonderful Vogue pattern. I got it in the mail a few days ago and as I had just finished an order, I decided to take a day off and sew this blouse for myself. It's good to give yourself a break now and then and sew something fun! I decided not to do any alterations and just see how it would turn out. I know that size 12/32 usually fits me well so I took a chance. I think it turned out rather nice! I could probably take in a half an inch at the bust/neck and back, but it's not bad. It's nice that there's room for movement since it is a woven shirt with no stretch. I also added in a side lap zipper. I haven't inserted this type of zipper in a long time! I used a vintage zipper I had on hand although it doesn't match the fabric perfectly, but I don't really mind. That's why I made a lap zipper so it wouldn't show.
A little tip on using vintage patterns: I really recommend you trace the pattern and try to not use the original tissue pattern to cut out your garment. It doesn't take long and tracing gives you a chance to get to "know" your pattern better. I do this for all patterns I use anyway.
Finally, after trying on the blouse, I realized the neckline was fairly wide and there was no way I could wear a bra without the straps showing. So I sewed in some snaps and a piece of bias tape I made. It's so easy to do and solves the problem perfectly! I love a wide neckline like this and hate wearing strapless bras for everyday garments.
I hope you enjoy these pictures and perhaps it will inspire you to sew more vintage clothing for yourself! I already have several more patterns lined up to sew for my spring/summer wardrobe! Happy sewing!
Pattern: Vogue 9643 (copyrighted 1961)
Fabric: Printed cotton lawn made in Japan (I was able to squeeze out this top with the tiny bit of fabric I had left, not quite a yard!)
Time: Afternoon to evening, about 5-6 hours or so.
P.S. I used sponge rollers for my hair. It's been my regular style for the past few weeks and I love how easy it is. Let me know if anyone would like to see a tutorial for this!